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An exceptionally rare white marble figure of a turtle, Shang dynasty | 商 大理石龜

An exceptionally rare white marble figure of a turtle, Shang dynasty | 商 大理石龜

An exceptionally rare white marble figure of a turtle, Shang dynasty | 商 大理石龜

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An exceptionally rare white marble figure of a turtle

Shang dynasty

商 大理石龜


Length 3 in., 8 cm

There are minor chips and losses to the underside and other small chips and surface wear. Otherwise good condition.


底部見些許微磕及微失,另見些許小磕及使用痕跡,整體品相良好。


Because this lot was imported into the United States after September 1, 2020, it is subject to an import tariff of 7.5% of the value declared upon entry into the United States. $938, plus applicable sales tax will be included on your invoice unless you instruct Sotheby's to arrange shipping of the lot to a foreign address. For more information on the import tariff, please review the Symbol Key in the back of the catalogue. If you have any questions, please contact tariffs@sothebys.com.


由於本拍品在2020年9月1日之後進口到美國,所以買家可能需就本拍品支付進口關稅,金額為拍品進口美國當時申報價值的7.5%。除非您要求蘇富比安排運送拍品到美國境外之地址,否則發票上將包括938美元以及相關的銷售稅。如欲查詢進口關稅的更多信息,請查閱目錄背面的附錄。 如有任何疑問,敬請聯繫tariffs@sothebys.com


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In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.


我們很高興為您提供上述拍品狀況報告。由於敝公司非專業修復人員,在此敦促

您徵詢其他專業修復人員,以獲得更詳盡、專業之報告。


準買家應該檢查每件拍品以確認其狀況,蘇富比所作的任何陳述均為主觀看法而

非事實陳述。雖然本狀況報告或有針對某拍品之討論,但所有拍賣品均根據印於

圖錄內之業務規則以拍賣時狀況出售。 

Collection of Dr Wou Kiuan (1910-1997).

Wou Lien-Pai Museum, coll. no. E.3.14. 


吳權博士 (1910-1997) 收藏

吳蓮伯博物院,編號E.3.14

Shang dynasty marble carvings are extremely rare, much more so than  other ritual works of art and vessels created from bronze, jade, bone or ivory. Other recorded examples of Shang marble include a small group of animal carvings in the  collection of the Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica, Taipei,  which were excavated from tomb 1500 at Xibeigang, Anyang, and a carving of a cicada recovered from the tomb of Fu Hao in 1976.


There are other surviving examples in museums, including a water buffalo, a fish and a bear in the Smithsonian Museum, but no other turtle appears to be recorded. Only a very small number of Shang marble figures has been recorded in private collections, including a marble buffalo in the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Sedgwick, London, illustrated in the Catalogue of the  International Exhibition of Chinese Art, 1935, Royal Academy of Arts, London, cat. no. 268A, and a frog included in the collection of Richard Bull, sold in these rooms, 6th December 1983, lot 244.